European court of human rights hears case of Khaled el-Masri, detained in Skopje before alleged torture in Afghanistan by CIA
Europe’s human rights court began hearing the first case arising from the US’s post-9/11 rendition programme on Wednesday, when the government of FYROM went on trial accused of multiple human rights abuses of a German citizen.
Khaled el-Masri, 48, a car salesman of Lebanese descent, was detained in FYROM in December 2003 and held for more than three weeks in Skopje, before being handed to CIA officers who flew him to Afghanistan, where he was allegedly tortured for the next five months.
The CIA appears to have realised it had made a mistake: it had been looking for another man of the same name. El-Masri was then flown from Afghanistan to Albania and abandoned by the side of a road in a mountainous area, with no means of returning home.
The grand chamber of the European court of human rights in Strasbourg began hearing a case brought by el-Masri’s lawyers which alleges a breach of his European Convention rights to liberty and freedom from torture.
Several other European states are expected to face proceedings before the European court as more details emerge of complicity in acts committed during the US’s post-9/11 counter-terrorism operations.
FYROM’s government has insisted that while its police did detain el-Masri, he was later permitted to leave the country for Kosovo. That claim is expected to be contradicted at court by a statement from a former FYROM’s government minister.
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